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Lucy 06-09-12 - Operation +3

Jun 09, 2012 - 4 comments
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Lucy was very tender last night and this morning.  She needed and demanded a lot of attention.  She loved to be petted on her head and chin.  She even went close to belly up.  I was funally able to get a look at her stiches.  Based on what I saw, there were already too many to count and it was only half of the incision.  I tried to remove some fur, just the fur, from her belly to see more, but she really did not like that.  It looks like that it is still very sensitive.

I talked to the vet today as I am getting concern that Lucy is not using her kitty litter.  The vet asked me if she was realeasing herself somewhere else.  I just the entire room, no signs of it.  The vet told me that it was normal up to now, but it should really happen by tomorrow morning.  If not, we will have to bring Lucy to the ER on Sunday, as our vet is working there this weekend.  I cross my fingers that Lucy will go to the bathroom.  It would be a real trip to bring her there.  Not that it is far away, but how would we bring her?  In her carrier, yes, but she does not like to go in and I will not be able to carry her in.  The vet said that we can just bring her in a towel.  Well, we will still have to hold her.  She can be "fristee", this little thing.

The vet said by now I should stop the pain killer.  I don't think so.  If I cannot touch her belly gently, it means that it is still painfull and I will not stop until she is OK.  The vet said that it was up to us.

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by opus88, Jun 09, 2012
do you mean she hasn't pee'd since before her surgery???? are you sure she isn't going somewhere other than the towels you have laid down for her? she cannot go without peeing.....she will need to have a catheter in or her bladder expelled and that would be painful for her right now...poor baby.

or do you mean she hasn't had a bowel movement? for this not to happen a few days post surgery is common, however she will need some stool softner or an enema to be sure she doesn't become impacted.
how is her appetite? is she eating and drinking?

you can try to stimulate her peeing by gently wetting her front paws and sitting with her in a room with a tap running...slowly but enough to be heard...do this for a few minutes than gently carry her and sit her in the litter box, perhaps she just refuses to relieve herself on something other that her box...???



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by Laurent2285, Jun 09, 2012
She peed only once after the operation. The vet said the same thing, isn't she doing somewhere else. I checked everywhere, and she did not do anything anywhere. She has her regular litter. Same place.
I just put another one next to her. I hope she will get the message.
The vet told me as well that after an operation the bowel movement can take some days
At least Lucy eats and drinks well. I just don't know how she can keep everything in for so long.
Thank you for your suggestion. I will try.

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by opus88, Jun 09, 2012
give her a real low box with her litter inside, she may not be able to climb into one that is even more than 3-4" high...use a shoe box LID or something similar.
You can also try stimulating her urethral area with a warm wet damp to get her going...this is whats done with abandon kittens to get them to pee when they no longer have their mommy's to lick the area.

I sure hope she will go for you and save all the necessity of another Vet trip.....to travel, wrap her tightly in a towel with only her head out...if she is hard to get into the carrier, don't want to stress that incision area with a fiesta kitty.

good luck. let us know what happens ok.

come on little Lucy....please have a pee for us!!!♥

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by Laurent2285, Jun 09, 2012
Thank you.  I did put a lower tray already.  We thought the same.  I have the water running. I keep my finger crossed.
I appreciate the warm wet damp idea, but Lucy does not let me go close to her tummy or rear.  I cannot imagine at this time how I will be able to bring her to the vet as she does not want to be held at all.  

Maybe from all these recommendations, one will work and we will all be able to enjoy a Sunday quiet at home.

Thank you and good night.

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